Ben Rothwell Explains His Call Out of Travis Browne at UFC 164
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.02.2013
He thought it would be a good fight…
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC heavyweight fighter Ben Rothwell this week. Rothwell was victorious at UFC 164 with a third round knockout over Brandon Vera. Below are some highlights:
Rothwell on his call out of Travis Browne: "I don't want to call out the champ. That's silly. I don't want to do that at this point in time. And I don't want to call out someone who has a losing record or is maybe a chump or something. I mean, we're all in the UFC, so we're all tough. But I don't want people going, 'Oh it's trying to pick an easy fight.' So I was like, 'Here's a really tough guy. He's got some big wins.' So I thought it'd be a good fight, but yeah, he's got himself in a good position right now, and maybe it's out of my grasp right now. But who knows?"
Rothwell on who could be next for him: "With Josh Barnett and (Fabricio) Werdum in the mix, I see those two as really, really close (to a title shot). But we'll see (what's next for me). The UFC is the one who makes the fights."
Rothwell on getting a knockout in his home state: "I think so. With Brendan Schaub, I thought it was a good knockout, but it was a quick fight. People were like, 'Oh, you rocked him, and then you caught him off guard.' This fight, I felt very in control, took it the third round and then exploded on him. I think I showed a lot of different stuff in this one. ... Doing it in the Midwest in Milwaukee and with the crowd that was the cherry on top."